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4 Reasons Journaling Can Help You Design a Successful Life

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Most people start the day feeling behind on their tasks for the day. They jump out of bed when the whole household wakes up or because the household has come to wake them up and immediately, they begin fulfilling the agenda of others in their life; Their children, their partner, their boss, their employees, their friends, parents, whoever.

Everyone seems to have a bit more of a say in their life than they do. And they tend to live with an underlying resentment that they do not get to do what they want to do and they feel trapped in this state as it seems to be the ‘nice’ thing to do to live this way.

There is another way and in fact as a successful person, you must choose to deliberately design your day and this technique of writing in a journal (Journaling) is one great way to do it.

Here are 5 reasons to start journaling today:

1. You journal to reconnect with yourself and your purpose

If you are used to living in a reactive state all the time where you always feel a little bit behind, then journaling will enable you to get back in touch with yourself and your purpose.  Imagine a day where you wake up even ten minutes before others in your home and you whip out your journal and you simply write down what you would like the day to look like.  

Now, the truth is, you may need to get the children to school, cook breakfast, get to the business at a certain time, help the parents out and do all of the normal things but there is a difference between doing it because someone compels you to with their nagging or doing it because you have taken a moment to see how it fits in with the life you want to create.  

One way makes you feel resentful whereas the other way makes you feel like the captain of your own life, which you are; though you may have forgotten in the hustle and bustle of life.  This is the deliberate design of a day when you take a few minutes to write it all out and how you choose to show up in your own day.  One deliberately designed day after another will lead to a successful life.

“A personal journal is an ideal environment in which to “become”. It is a perfect place for you to think, feel, discover, expand, remember, and dream.” – Brad Wilcox

2. You journal to connect with spirit

How is your spirituality?  Does it suffer when you rush straight into the day with no time to think or meditate?  Or maybe, you do meditate but again, all peace and tranquility feels lost as you go on into the day.  What if you had your journal next to you and you record all the insights that occur to you while you are connecting with spirit.  

This is something I do daily. I simply ask Spirit within me what I need to hear and I record all the things that bubble up within. It may be a picture or impression, in which case I put my very minimal drawing skills to the test or it is simply a bubbling up of words, which I record.  

Imagine a journal full of impressions and words that came from the deep wisdom inside of you. Imagine how inspirational that would be to read in the moments of chaos throughout the day. I still have such insights from 10 years or more ago and they still have the power to move me.

3. You journal to tap back into your emotions

Some days, it feels quite cloudy within you and you want clarity on what you are feeling and why. With a journal, you can take a moment to ask yourself the question “What am I feeling?” You then write down the answer, which will naturally lead to another question.  You write down that answer as well and continue to dig into you until you do hit clarity and given enough time.  

Yes, you could simply just think about it but you have tried that already and how well did it work for you? Your feelings and emotions can be very confusing. Taking the time to honour them by clarifying what you feel and why and then choosing whether to continue to feel that way (and yes, you can do all this by writing it out) will make a huge difference to your emotional wellbeing and ability to be mindful in each moment.

“Journaling is like whispering to one’s self and listening at the same time.” – Mina Murray

4. You journal because it can be used to change your state/mood

Have you ever tried to do something creative when feeling down in the dumps?  It is a struggle, isn’t it? Well, with a journal, you can quickly change your state by listing a range of ‘I am’ statements.

I am joyful, I am rich, I am powerful, I choose to feel happy and act form a more empowered state, I am a leader and I easily come up with solutions to every problem my people face. Now it is your turn.

Write a few statements telling yourself exactly what you choose to think and feel and see how it starts to change the way you actually think and feel.  When you change the way you think, you change the quality of actions you take!  As a result, it is worth spending the 30 -90 seconds to change your emotional state and ensure you are acting from a place of power.

Are you currently journaling? If you are, what benefits have you experienced? Please leave your thoughts below!

Rosemary Nonny Knight used to be a pharmacist but replaced her income in her own business and now works as a Spiritual Business & Life Strategist coaching people to live the deliberate life - A life of abundance, fulfilment and freedom. Download a free copy of her book - Pray. Affirm. Receive - How to get clear, stay clear and take action to get what you want out of life - RosemaryNonnyKnight.com/freeguest.

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The 3 Most Important Things I Learned About Personal Growth

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When you look back on your life, what do you want to think about? Do you plan to reminisce on all of the good things that have happened and how they shaped who you are today? Or would you rather remember all of the bad decisions, challenging experiences, and mistakes made that hurt or wasted a portion of your life?

In my opinion, I think it is important to reflect on both. While it’s important to remember the hardships we’ve been through in our lives – without them we wouldn’t be where we are now. There are 3 very specific areas that I feel have helped me grow in a personal sense more than anything else in my life so far. 

These aren’t simple lessons in a book or a lecture that you can just absorb and apply to your life. These are things that I’ve learned through experience and reflection, and I’m still learning and growing today.

1. We determine how much we’re worth by what we think about ourselves, others, and life in general.

This might seem like a pretty obvious lesson in life but it’s actually one of the most important because we can determine our own worth by how we think about ourselves and the world around us. If you’re looking for success in any kind of business or social setting (dating), then I’ll tell you right now that it doesn’t matter if you have 10 billion dollars or not – people are still going to judge you based on your thoughts and beliefs alone.

What determines our value isn’t necessarily what we do with our lives (which is often based on luck) but whether or not we believe that ‘our work’ is worthy or not in some sort of grand scheme or universe. We may not always be able to control what happens in our lives, but we can always control how we value ourselves and others.

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” – Maya Angelou

2. You don’t have to change your habits or personality just because someone else doesn’t like it – their opinions are THEIRS alone.

This is another one of those lessons that people tend to pick up on a little bit late in life, but if anything that makes its importance even worse! Basically, there’s going to come a time when you’re going to meet someone who has certain expectations of you as a person…but these expectations might not be realistic due to their motivations and personal beliefs. For example, sometimes parents might expect you to be a lawyer or doctor because that’s what they believe is best for their child.

However, this isn’t the case for everyone and so maybe your passion lies in music or writing novels. In this example, if you were also pressured into becoming a doctor – then there would obviously be some kind of conflict going on within yourself as a person. You should never have to give up something that you want to do just because someone else doesn’t like it! The reason why we’re put onto this Earth is to make our own choices and go after our OWN dreams instead of letting others determine what we can and cannot do with our lives .

3. You can’t change your life until you accept that you need to make a change.

When I was younger, I thought that this lesson would be pretty obvious – but as I got older, it really made me appreciate the fact that there are always different ways of perceiving our lives. For example, if someone wants to become rich and famous one day – their mind might simply overshadow any other possibility in their head because they feel like this is what they NEED to do right now.

However, this isn’t always true within our own lives because we think about things too literally instead of having an open mind. If you want to achieve success in any kind of business or social setting (dating) then you should be willing to try out different things instead of staying in your comfort zone. If you want something, then it’s up to YOU to actually go after it – nobody else is going to give it to you!

The three lessons above are some of the main things I want to pass on to everyone because they’ve come at an important time in my life where I need to start thinking about others instead of only myself. It’s great if we can learn to love ourselves first before anything else, but that doesn’t mean you should neglect everyone around you even though they might be your friends and family members!

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